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GW-Sat [George Washington University]

The GW-Sat (George Washington Satellite) is a 3U CubeSat educational mission by the George Washington University to train students in aerospace engineering within the framework of a real space mission using a hands-on approach.

The project would involve approximately 20 to 30 students, from undergrad students to PhD students from different fields, such as mechanical and aerospace engineering, systems engineering, computer science engineering, and electrical engineering, amongst others.

It will also test a micro-propulsion device called the micro-cathode arc thruster (µCAT) that uses a solid metallic propellant, such as titanium, to produce small controllable impulse bits as the CubeSat’s 3-axis stabilization system.

It was selected in 2017 by NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) to be launched as part of the ELaNa program.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: George Washington University
Contractors: George Washington University
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion: µCAT
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 4 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
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